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Thank you Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative!

by Natalie Pearce, Director of Economic Security On behalf of several Southeast Michigan MiCAFE partners, Elder Law of Michigan would like to thank the Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative for their generous donation.  With the donation of funding to purchase portable scanners for our partners, the MiCAFE Network Partners assisted an additional 30 seniors with food assistance benefits between May 5, 2016 and June 20, 2016. … Continue reading Thank you Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative!

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ELM: Reflections from a Social Work Perspective 

by Teresa Elliott, Intern The social work profession was built on a foundation of six core values. These values serve as the guidepost for a social worker’s actions and as a filter through which we see the world. Our core values provide motivation to enact change and create and embrace solutions. Throughout the nine months of my internship at Elder Law of Michigan (ELM), I saw time … Continue reading ELM: Reflections from a Social Work Perspective 

Gay Nell Jenkins

Staff Spotlight – Gay Nell Jenkins

by Natalie Pearce, Director of Economic Security Gay Nell Jenkins joined Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. (ELM), first as a contractor in April 2015. She then became a part-time employee of ELM in October 2015. Gay Nell is responsible for enrolling homebound clients in the metro Detroit area for the MiCAFE Network. Prior to joining ELM, Gay Nell worked as a supervisor in Head Start … Continue reading Staff Spotlight – Gay Nell Jenkins

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Today is American Diabetes Alert Day

by Miles Morley, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison The American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Alert Day is today, March 22. The purpose of Alert Day is to help inform individuals about the risks of developing diabetes. The ADA facilitates this with their risk assessment. The ADA reports that one in four people who have diabetes are undiagnosed or unaware of their condition. The complications from diabetes, described below, are … Continue reading Today is American Diabetes Alert Day

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When a Simple Thank You Will Not Do!

by Ron Tatro, Vice President This week, our colleague, Pat Ocheltree, will come to work at ELM for the last time. She is retiring and moving out of state to be near her family. I have been thinking a lot about Pat and our time together. I met her on my second day of work at ELM. I was the new Director of the Consumer Fraud Prevention … Continue reading When a Simple Thank You Will Not Do!

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National Nutrition Month – Part 1

by Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member March is National Nutrition Month! MiCAFE, a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., will be celebrating this important month by raising awareness of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This post is the first in a series of posts this month highlighting this important initiative. Welcome March with good news about nutrition! Here … Continue reading National Nutrition Month – Part 1

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4 Important Medicare Tips

by Pat Ocheltree, MiCAFE Application Assistant There is a lot of confusion about Medicare, what it covers, how individuals get coverage, etc. Generally, if you receive Social Security benefits, you will automatically become eligible to enroll in Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and Medicare Part B (medical) during the 3 months before, the month of, and the 3 months following your 65th birthday. Medicare A is fully paid for unless you … Continue reading 4 Important Medicare Tips

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Rhonda – A MiCAFE Success Story

Rhonda is a recent client of the MiCAFE network, a program of Elder Law of Michigan. The MiCAFE network is a community partner network of over 130 organizations and locations across Michigan, including local community centers, churches, senior centers, and housing complexes, which assists seniors 60 and older in accessing benefits through application assistance. Struggling to make ends meet, Rhonda called the MiCAFE network to receive a … Continue reading Rhonda – A MiCAFE Success Story

Lindsay Felsing

Employee of the Month: Lindsay Felsing

by Char Brooks, JD, Project Healthy Living Coach Lindsay has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since January 2011. She serves as the Director of Economic Security. Among her many responsibilities, she oversees our programs that help low income older adults access benefits that can help them make ends meet, put healthy food on the table, and improve their quality of … Continue reading Employee of the Month: Lindsay Felsing

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Elder Law of Michigan Joins National Movement to End Senior Hunger

Elder Law of Michigan joins nation movement of community organizations come together to increase older adult SNAP enrollment. Lansing, MI (June 22, 2015) – When it comes to eating a healthy diet, millions of Americans 65 and over face a double whammy: their income is fixed, and their spending on food is consuming a larger portion of their budget. Nationally, adults aged 65+ have an … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan Joins National Movement to End Senior Hunger